One of the charges made against those of us who supported the war in Iraq or war in general is that we must take responsibility for each and every casualty. “Visit the parents of a Marine killed in Iraq and ask them if it was worth it,” was once spat at me. That’s a responsibility that those of us who support such actions have to bear I suppose.
But the other side of that conceit rarely figures in debate. I realized that recently during Nancy Pelosi’s struggle to square the circle of her actions in 2002 versus her beliefs in 2009 regarding waterboarding. One of the few terrorists who was waterboarded gave intel during the procedure that prevented an attack in Los Angeles. That attack could have killed thousands of Americans.
So if I am burdened philosophically with facing the loved ones of each and every dead American soldier killed in a war that I support, shouldn’t Nancy Pelosi and those opposed to waterboarding face those who are alive today and state their regret that our American principles have been compromised and they would rather these Americans be dead? Perhaps they should visit the homes of those who weren’t killed and explain to their loved ones why their beloved should have perished to spare a terrorist some discomfort.